It is quite a clear picture in cricket world that team India skipper Virat Kohli is the
finest batsman in all formats. It is quite a phenomenal feat to achieve such high
performance in all formats nowadays. In a very busy calendar, it is a herculean
task for anyone to play with the same intensity in all three formats of game and
league cricket too. However, Kohli is the only player across the globe that played
incredibly well in all formats of the game. His hunger for runs is unrealistic. His
recent hundred in historic pink ball test proved his adaptability to any conditions
However, there is a rise of debate after come-back of Steven Smith in
International setup that who is better between Smith and Virat. In ODI and T20I
formats, Virat left everyone behind by great margin. However, Smith is posing a
tough challenge to India skipper in the longest format of the game. Smith
regained lost number one spot in ICC test ranking by his stupendous form in
Ashes Series. He left no stone unturned to prove he is a foremost batsman in test
format. English skipper and bowlers all looked helpless in front of Smith. There is
no bowler in the whole world, who can claim that he found out Smith’s Achilles
The rivalry between Virat and Smith is a reminiscence of competition between
Indian master Sachin Tendulkar and the prince of Caribbean Brain Lara in the late
90s and early 2000s. However, we are not discussing here their comparison but
we will discuss the impact of Virat Kohli in test cricket as a batsman.
Virat Statistics in Test Cricket
Virat has amassed 7202 runs from 84 test matches with a remarkable average of
54.98 and with the highest score of unbeaten 254 against South Africa. He has
piled up 27 centuries and 7 double centuries. This sentence sums up his test
career. For other players we can discuss their fifties and centuries however when
we discuss Virat, we discuss his double centuries and centuries only. In the last 10
years, no player has plundered more double centuries than Virat Kohli in Test
cricket. For him scoring a double is a routine in test cricket.
Impact of Big Scores on Test Matches
In the longest format of the game, big scores have huge impacts on the result. Out of 377 double centuries in overall test history, only 18 came in a lost cause, means only 4.77 % double centuries scored in a lost cause. Also among seven double centuries of Virat, none double hundred is scored in a lost cause. Many times foremost batsman of teams like Virat, Smith, Kane Williamson, Kumar Sangakkara scored big with the support of other batsmen and it led a huge impact on test results. Humongous scores form one batsman in the innings ensure that the team will not lose test by any means. So this way Virat has a huge impact on test cricket of India with his ability to piles up mammoth scores.
Comparison with Contemporaries
|Player Name||Double centuries||150 -199||150+ scores|
Players with highest 150+ scores in test cricket in the last 5 years
As we can see in above table Virat leads the chart with ten 150+ scores and Smith follows him with eight 150+ scores, It is no surprise that these two are leading ICC ranking in test cricket.No one come close to them in plundering humongous scores for their team.
Comparison with All-Time Greats
|Player Name||No of Tests||Tests per 200||Tests per 150 + scores|
Big scores statistics of “greats of the game” in Test Cricket
As shown in above table Virat is only behind mythical greatest batsman Don Bradman in scoring double centuries more frequently. Bradman required less than five tests to score one double century while Virat requires 12 tests to score one. Wally Hammond, Kumar Sangakkara and Brain Lara are more close to each other, took around 12 to 15 tests to score one double hundred.
Virat: One of the Finest of All time
In scoring 150+ scores frequently, no one can beat Bradman again as he required less than three tests to smash one 150 + score while Virat, Hammond, Sangakkara and Sehwag took around seven to nine tests to smack one 150+ score. Indian master Sachin is not that good in hitting big scores frequently in test cricket as shown in above table. This concludes that Virat is up there with all-time greats test cricket. He in Run Machine for team India in recent years. He is one of the reasons for subcontinent dominance of team India in recent four years.
Indian team with fearsome bowling attack and one the foremost batsman of all time skipper Virat Kohli can produce exceptional results if other batsmen support him well. Virat ran out of partners when he smashed exceptional innings in South Africa and England last year. Inclusion of Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari can provide able support to skipper along with new in-form opener Mayank Agarwal.